Mo Farah has confirmed his participation at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games where he will compete over 3000m at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The news marks Farah’s return to the circuit after allegations were brought against his coach, Alberto Salazar.
The event, scheduled for Friday 24 July, arrives four weeks prior to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing where Farah will aim to defend his 5000m and 10,000m titles. It will also represent the final occasion in which the original London 2012 Olympic track is used for competition, with a new surface set to be laid for the London 2017 World Championships.
Looking ahead to his race, Farah commented: “The race will be exciting on the Friday night at the Olympic Stadium. My training is going well and it is just what I need to prepare more for the IAAF World Championships. This year’s World Championships are hugely important to me and the 3000m at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be the best possible preparation.
“I can’t wait to run in front of a home crowd again and thank the British public for all their support. I hope that the fans will come out and cheer me on at the Olympic Stadium on Friday 24 July. Knowing how it felt to run in that stadium in 2012 and 2013 means I can’t wait to round off my World Championships build up with a successful run in front of the best spectators in the world.”
Farah’s participation will be a welcome reprieve from the allegations that have surfaced against Alberto Salazar, which claim that Galen Rupp, Farah’s training partner, was supplied with the banned anabolic steroid testosterone while under the coach’s supervision. Salazar recently countered the accusations with an 11,000 word rebuttal.
Tickets for the event are available here.